The tone at a press conference to highlight the full opening of the $1.42 billion, 31-kilometre southwest portion of Calgary’s Ring Road changed with the arrival of Seth Cardinal Dodginghorse.
“It is my Indigenous right to be here and speak,” he said.
Surrounded by three police officers, the 27-year-old spoke for five minutes. The audio of his comments were muted on the government’s livestream.
Exactly one year and a day after interrupting a ceremony for one of Alberta’s biggest infrastructure projects, an Indigenous man was back to share his grievances on Saturday.
After comments by Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver, Dodginghorse approached the podium and asked McIver to “step aside.”